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(Updated   August  22  2014)
Total no. of  phone subscriptions: 952 million
Mobiles  925 million 
Landlines: 27 million 
Total no. of PCs: 100 million 
Internet users:  220 million  including  mobile Internet 115 million
Broadband:  66 million (wired: 19 million;  mobile: 47 million)
TV owning houses: 150 million ( DTH: 54 million)

- NEW! More than half of e-tail customers do IT from mobile phones
- Sluggish Indian printer -copier business in Q 1 2014: IDC numbers
- Indian usage of video on mobile... Vuclip study
- Akamai data on Internet speeds in India and Asia
- India Internet numbers for 2014 from IAMAI

- IAMAI study on Mobile Internet in India
- Gartner study on 3-D printer market

- Worldwide  mobile usage: Ericsson study

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IT happened in India
  CommonFloor launches a fun site for house hunters
Bangalore, August 22 2014:  India’s leading real estate and apartment management portal,,  is putting some fun into house haunting  -- sorry, hunting -- with an interactive game at  You can exchange your more nightmarish experiences, before  your  hit on your dream home. ....
Intelsat celebrates 50 years, 50 satellites
Luxembourg, 20 August  21, 2014: The world’s leading provider of  satellite services -- Intelsat  -- commemorates its 50th anniversary of providing critical telecommunications and video content distribution infrastructure for businesses, organizations and governments around the world, this week. ....
MediaTek opens 2nd India R&D centre in Bangalore
Bangalore,  August 20, 2014: Taiwan-based global fabless semiconductor company,  MediaTek Inc. ...
It's bricks to clicks as Lalbhai group launches e-commerce ops
Bangalore, August 19, 2014: Arvind Internet Ltd (AIL), a start-up by the Arvind group, has joined the online  retail fraternity, with  its custom clothing brand – Creyate. ...
Indian mobile phone market growing at over 80%: IDC
Bangalore, August 19, 2014 :  The smartphone market in India has maintained its growth  with shipments touching year-on-year growth of 84% in Q2 2014 and a quarterly growth of 11%, says IDC. ...

NVIDIA beefs up 3 college CAD labs with Quadro GPU technology
Bangalore, August 11 , 2014:   NVIDIA-assisted Computer Aided Design labs in three Indian engineering colleges    are being upgraded  with  the graphical processing leader's  Quadro GPU technology. At Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology (Bangalore), JSS Academy of Technical Education (Bangalore) and Chennai Institute of Technology (CIT), Chennai,  students  can now evolve concepts, gain first-hand experience and learn key design applications around   these devices. ....
IIM Bangalore, first Indian B School to offer MOOC courses through edX
Bangalore, August 6 2014: The Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) has become  India's first B-school to join  online education provider edX as a new Contributing Member. As IIMBx, India's leading B-school will leverage new technologies and deliver education via MOOCs (massive open online courses) to a larger population of learners from around the world within a year from now. ....

Travel & Tourism Technology
SITA develops boarding pass app for passengers' smart watches
New Delhi, August 17 2014: Airlines can now offer their passengers the chance to board their flight with a mere flick of their wrist and a  scan of their smartwatch.   SITA Lab, the development arm leading specialist in air transport communications and IT solutions, SITA, has created  a solution, providing boarding passes for Android watches via its API available now on developer. ....
Now, robot room service is here!
Stamford, Connecticut (US)  Aug 15, 2014:  Say hello, to A.L.O the world's first Botlr, sorry robotic butler.  He has just joined duty at the  Aloft Hotel, in Cupertino, California, doing both front and back of the house duties. For guests, he assumes the avatar of a robotic room service attendant,  to deliver amenities to guest rooms. ....

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Kingston Data Traveler Workspace: Thumb-sized office on-the-go
 This USB stick is pre-installed with a  portable version of Windows     Bangalore August 14  2014: It looks like any USB  data storage stick, albeit a little chunkier -- but looks can be deceptive. This one includes  what Microsoft calls "Windows To Go", a portable, bootable version of Windows 8,  which you can set up on any laptop or PC anywhere and convert it into a secure platform for doing your own work. ....
Acer Iconia Tab 7 (A1-713): Value over wow factor
August 11 2014: Trust Acer to  cut away the frills and  nonessentials to   deliver a  phablet that  provides  good bang for the buck.  The Iconia A1 713  has forsaken big name processors  and  gone for  the solid  value offered by fellow Taiwanese MediaTek's  1. ....
Bluetooth Speakers: Unwire your music!
With  the mobile phone as good as any music player,  a wireless speaker is a must-have for  sharing and partying Anand Parthasarathy checks out some mid-price wireless speakers Does anybody remember the Walkman?  Sony stopped  making the classic portable cassette  music player in 2010, some thirty years after inventing it. ...

IT's for you
  Smartphone is 20 years old
August 16 2014: The smartphone is 20 years old today. It was  called the Simon Personal Communicator  and it was designed by IBM, made by Mitsubishi and launched on August 16 1994 -- a 23 cm long contraption that weighed half a kilogram and cost $899. ....
WOO is a new connector for urban singles
Bangalore, August 9, 2014: U2opia Mobile has  launched WOO, a smartphone app available on Android and iOS which gives users, a platform to connect with like-minded, interesting, urban singles from the same city -- educated, young, single professionals between the ages of 25-35. ....
Mitashi 50 inch 4K TV for below Rs 1 lakh
Mumbai , August 6,  2014:  Mitashi has broken the  Rs 100,000 barrier for 50 inch TVs in the new Ultra high definition 4K  format. ...
Samsung takes on budget smartphone rivals with 3 models
Mumbai, August 5  2014 - Samsung  has launched  a trio of affordable smartphones in India  – Samsung Galaxy Star 2, Galaxy Star Advance and Galaxy Ace NXT - all priced below Rs 8,000. ...
Kaspersky unveils new edition of consumer security solutions
Mumbai,  July 29, 2014: Net security specialists, Kaspersky  have launched the 2015 editions of Kaspersky Anti-Virus  and Kaspersky Internet Security, in India. ...

IT people
  Kapil Manchanda to head Jabra's India operations
New Delhi, August 21, 2014: Kapil Manchanda  is the new  India Managing Director of communications and  audio solutions company, Jabra. He held key positions in organization like SONUS Network, Cisco Systems and Juniper Inc. where he was instrumental in growing business across multiple domains. ....
D-Link India's Tushar Sighat honored as CEO of the Year.
Mumbai, August 16 2014: D-Link India CEO  Tushar Sighat, has been  conferred the  title of ‘CEO of the year’ at the CMO Asia World Brand Congress 2014, held recently in Singapore. Said Tushar: “I am humbled by this honor & accept it on behalf of the entire team at D-Link, as it’s been a collaborative effort. ....
Arati Naik appointed COO of Smartlink Networking Systems
August 9, 2014: Salsette, Goa-headquartered Smartlink Networking Systems,  has announced the appointment of  Arati Naik as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. ...

Best of the rest
4 Indians figure in top 20 extraordinary tech czars
Four Indians are among Fortune magazine’s list of 20 “extraordinary” technology czars and young entrepreneurs analysing and processing big numbers to discover information that will “transform the way businesses operate.” Fortune’s maiden ‘Big Data All-Stars’ lists the 20 extraordinary people who are “the best at connecting the dots and digging deep.”  PTI report in  Asian Age August 6 2014

Microsoft to have data centre in India
Microsoft is looking at establishing a data centre in India that would allow it to offer its cloud solutions more seamlessly to Indian businesses, and especially to the banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI) sector.  Times of India August 5 2014

‘Berth’ of new food service for train passengers
Hot, fresh meals from restaurants being delivered at railway stations, writes Namrata Rao in Financial Express July 28 2014


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